A 20-year-old tennis player you’ve never heard of has just produced one of the best winners you’ll ever see.
The Italian youngster Liam Caruana was a late entry into the Next Gen Finals in Milan – the season-ending tournament for the ATP’s best players 21 years and under.
But despite two losses in two matches, Caruana has stolen the show.
The young gun was in action against America’s Taylor Fritz on Wednesday when he pulled off an unbelievable diving winner.
Fritz appeared to have hit a brilliant passing shot past Caruana at the net, but the Italian dived full-stretch to make a stunning volley that turned out to be a winner.
He immediately raised his arms in disbelief as the home crowd roared with delight.
Even rival Stefanos Tsitsipas couldn’t believe his eyes, with locker room cameras capturing his brilliant reaction:
Can ya believe it @StefTsitsipas?
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) November 7, 2018
De Minaur surges into Next Gen Finals
Meanwhile, Alex de Minaur has beaten Andrey Rublev to guarantee himself a semi-finals spot.
The teenage Sydneysider broke the Russian world No.68 four times throughout the second-round encounter to score a comfortable 4-1 3-4 (5-7) 4-1 4-2 win at the annual tournament for top 21-and-under talent.
“It was great,” said de Minaur, the world No.31.
“I knew coming in it was going to be a really tough match and I was going to have to play some really good tennis and not leave too many balls short because his forehand is seriously one of the most dangerous weapons out there on the tour.”
Second seed De Minaur will attempt to complete the round robin stage undefeated when he plays Fritz next.
In the other group, Tsitsipas of Greece became the first player to secure a semi-final spot when he beat third-seeded Frances Tiafoe 4-3 (7-3), 4-3(7-5) 4-2.